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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ramblings from beyond the pale 2006 - Belfast, Derry and so much more

Edge of the world
NORIN IRON ('Northern Ireland' in a Northern accent, no?!)

One man One vote, One family One house, Once upon a time……

...there was a rebellion not far far away. Northern Ireland, folks, has been overlooked as a tourist destination for too long. Our Belfast brethren bellowed, we answered the call of the wild, and up to the Titanic’s hometown we headed. We ate lunch in a swanky little eatery run by one of these chef célèbre (might have been Paul Rankin). As if on cue, while we wolfed into our posh nosh, the fop in question sauntered by the window horsing his floppy mane from one stylized quiff to another. Bellies full, the road called…

Friday, September 8, 2006

Banter from Blighty 2006 (Part 2) - Up North

Sheils and Sinead - S Express

'Ey up!

In King Dom's United Land the shire of Londinium relaxes in the summertime, stretching its back into the Sunny South East and curling its toes around the West Country. Middle aged Middle Earth spreads itself on top. In the far distance, in a land far far away, lurks mythical goblins and hoblins and majors and minors, there are whispers in the wind as people scurry inside and doors slam, two words gust through the cracks..... Uuuuppp Noooorrrrtthhh.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Banter from Blighty 2006 (Part 1) - London

Don't hate the player, hate the game

It's me innit!

London is magnificent and glorious, the city hemorrhages history. Walk amongst it, get your feet dirty, gawp at the architecture, drink in a twee pub, stare at the man in a pinstripe suit, lick a greasy spoon, follow jack the ripper, hell, even eat a kipper!